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Meet the Dean

David A. Reingold

Photo of David A. Reingold.
Photo of David A. Reingold.

David A. Reingold

David A. Reingold became the Justin S. Morrill Dean of Liberal Arts and Professor of Sociology at Purdue University March 1, 2015. As the chief academic and administrative officer of the College, he is responsible for the departments of History, English, Sociology, Political Science, Philosophy, and Anthropology, as well as the Brian Lamb School of Communication, the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance, the School of Languages and Cultures, and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies as well as faculty appointments and academic matters for Purdue Bands and Orchestras. The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) has approximately 300 full-time faculty members, roughly 75 full-time lecturers, 125 professional and support staff, 300 doctoral students in 15 doctoral programs, over 500 professional online master’s students, over 2,500 undergraduate primary majors across 43 majors. The College of Liberal Arts delivers approximately 19% of all credit hours on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus and has an annual budget of over $80M.

Purdue College of Liberal Arts Priorities

At Purdue, Dean Reingold launched a series of initiatives to position the College to emerge as a leader in innovative liberal arts education and scholarship. His four areas of focus are to: strengthen undergraduate education, upgrade graduate education, enhance faculty excellence, and expand revenue sources.

In undergraduate education, the College launched Degree in 3, the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts ProgramDegree+, opened a CLA Career Center, and created the Job-Ready Awards which have provided over $200,000 in financial support for students on low- and unpaid internships. Since the launch of Degree in 3, average time to degree in CLA has decreased from 4.22 years in 2016 to 3.91 years in 2021. Cornerstone has reimagined general education, putting faculty back in the classroom with enrollments over 8,000 students in the first-year sequence for 2021-22. Close to 900 students are pursuing the 15-credit Cornerstone certificate. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Teagle Foundation launched an initiative to support universities across the country who are developing programs to replicate the Cornerstone model. Three years after Degree+ was announced, more than 500 students on the West Lafayette campus are working toward a B.S. and a B.A. from Purdue.  New beginners in CLA have  increased 27.4% from Fall 2015 to Fall 2021 after decreasing 40% in the prior five year period. Thanks to these innovative programs, the number of students pursuing a credential from CLA (degree or certificate) is over 4,200, a 50.6% increase since Fall 2016.

To upgrade graduate education, he led a graduate program right-sizing effort resulting in an increase in graduate assistantship salaries from $14,000 to $19,000 ($20,000 in the social sciences), increased the number of students on research assistantships, and created PROMISE, an internal grant program for graduate student research that supported hundreds of proposals and invested more than $1,000,000 from 2015-2021. Purdue’s graduate stipends for students in the social sciences, arts, and humanities are now among the highest in our disciplines across the Big Ten.

In support of faculty excellence, he advanced an array of programs to support teaching innovation and scholarship: InnovateAspireCreateEngage2Teach. He established a Dean’s Faculty Fellow program and sponsored participation in the Faculty Success Program offered by the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity for more than 40 assistant professors with a total investment in faculty research and professional development of nearly $3,400,000 from 2015-2021.

To generate revenue, Dean Reingold has supported the growth of an online professional master’s degree in communication, which has produced approximately $25,000,000 of new revenue for Purdue during his years as Dean. He entered into a corporate partnership tied to the world-renowned Purdue Online Writing Lab (Purdue OWL), which has brought nearly $3,200,000 in revenue to Purdue.

Purdue University Contributions

Dean Reingold leads the university system-wide implementation of Purdue’s new Civics Literacy graduation requirement, supporting the Land Grant mission of ensuring that graduates are well-prepared to contribute as leaders in their careers and their communities and are good citizens prepared to self-govern.

He serves as co-director of the Center for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue (CTDP), an independent think tank at the intersection of technology and U.S. foreign policy. The CTDP has engaged an illustrious group of engineering, policy, business, and government leaders committed to demonstrating the links between technology advances and national interests.

Academic Career

Reingold’s primary teaching and research areas include urban poverty, economic development, social welfare policy, low-income housing policy, civil society, and government performance. His research has appeared in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Public Administration Review, Social Service Review, Urban Studies, the Journal of Urban Affairs, and Housing Studies, among other social science journals.

Prior to his appointment at Purdue, Reingold was executive associate dean and professor in the Paul O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University – Bloomington.

Public Service

His public service experience includes positions as director of research and policy development at the U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service, a member of the White House Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth and chair of the Task Force’s research committee, housing commissioner and vice-chairman of the Bloomington Housing Authority Board, board president of the South Central Community Action Program, and chair of the Indiana Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism. He has served on expert panels for the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has served on editorial boards for the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Social Service Review, Evaluation Review, the Journal of Urban Affairs, and the Journal of Public Affairs Education.

Personal Life

A native of Chicago, Dean Reingold received his B.A. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his master’s and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. He and his wife, Lynn Hooker, associate professor of music, have two children, Jessica and Jack.